Super Eagles midfielder, John Mikel Obi, has been overlooked for the 2014 CAF Player of the Year after he was beaten to it by Yaya Toure of Cote d’Ivoire the previous year.
The Chelsea midfielder has struggled for both club and country this year and the result was that he has not been picked among 25 nominees for the CAF Player for 2014.
And this was just months after his defeat by Yaya for the top African football individual prize was greeted by so much rancor in Nigeria.
However, consolation for Nigeria fans is that Ahmed Musa and Vincent Enyeama will now fight it out with Yaya and 22 others for this year’s prize.
Twenty-five players were nominated for the Prestigious African Player of the Year, while 20 players made the list for the Player of the Year (Based in Africa) category.
Ejike Uzoenyi of Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa is the only Nigerian who made the 20-man list of Africa-based Player of the Year.
Ahmed Musa has been in superb form for the Super Eagles and CSKA Moscow in the outgoing year.
Both he and Enyeama were the shinning lights as Nigeria reached the last 16 of the last World Cup in Brazil.